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Logistics might not be an industry that immediately springs to mind as a post-graduation career route – but as a sector that’s likely to be worth around £20 trillion globally by 2030, it certainly should be.
Logistics is a vitally important global sector, and one that plays an essential role in the UK and the world’s economy. Working with the transport and supply chain sectors, it deals with the movement of products, and the supplying of companies and organisations across the world with the items they need at the right time. Air, rail, road and sea work together to make logistics run smoothly. Wonder how food makes it to the shelves, clothes get delivered to your door or humanitarian aid is arranged at speed? It’s all down to the skill and talent of logisticians and those that they work with.
It’s also an industry that’s moving forward at a lightning pace. Advances in technology mean that the use of drones to deliver parcels, the use of robotics and the automation of vehicles will become commonplace in the next few years. It’s a sector that is directly benefiting from the huge technological advances that are being made – and, by choosing to work within it, you can put yourself at the forefront of this fast-evolving and innovative movement.
Types of jobs within logistics
Logistics is rich with opportunities and roles are complex, demanding and well-rewarded. Logistics roles include planning, strategy, finance, operations and IT. It’s a varied area that employs people with multiple backgrounds and talents.
You can break logistics roles into five key areas: plan, source, make, deliver and enable.
Plan –developing a course of action that meets the customer’s needs
Source – finding quality materials as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible
Make – creating a product that meets the customer’s wishes
Deliver –getting your product out to customers at the right time and in the right place, as efficiently as possible
Enable – managing data, facilities and people to solve problems and promote a company’s growth